Conversations and Connections

Practical Advice on Writing

WHEN 04/23/2016 9:00 AM
WHERE Arlington, VA George Mason University, Arlington VA Campus

What is Conversations and Connections?

Conversations and Connections is a one-day writer's conference that brings together writers, editors, and publishers in a friendly, supportive environment. The conference is organized by Barrelhouse magazine, and has been held for the past 9 years in Washington DC, and the past 2 in Pittsburgh. All proceeds go to Barrelhouse and participating small presses and literary magazines.

What Will You Get?

A whole lot of stuff! For your $70 registration fee, you get the full day conference, including the keynote by featured authors keynote discussion, and 3 craft workshop/panel sessions, plus 1 ticket for Speed Dating with Editors, your choice of 1 of the 4 featured books, 1 subscription to a participating literary magazine, and (for those of you 21 or over) our world famous Boxed Wine Happy Hour. Boxed Wine Happy Hour!

What Past Participants Have Said

"I think the most useful thing about the conference was the atmosphere. It was very non-pretentious and inviting. As someone who has never attended a conference before, I suppose I had some preconceived notion. But I thought everyone from the facilitators to the attendees to the panelists were accessible and friendly and helpful. The sense of community and new relationships was well worth it."

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Group Registration

5% discount on all registrations for groups of 5 or more

Conversations and Connections now offers reduced registration for groups! Writing groups or classes or, well, any group of more than 5 people will receive a 5% discount on the normal $70 registration fee. To register a large group, email yobarrelhouse [at] gmail dot com with the subject line "group registration" and we'll get back to you to make it happen (we know universities and other organizations might have specific needs, so email us to start the discussion, and we'll take it from there).

We'll also do everything we can -- bus parking, group check-in, whatever -- to make sure your group's experience goes smoothly! For groups of 10 or more, we'll send a Barrelhouse editor to your classroom or group (probably in person, since you're coming to DC).


Making Connections

Speed Dating with Editors, Workshops and Panel Discussions, Boxed Wine Happy Hour

Sponsors, Hosts, Other Awesome Contributors

Conversations and Connections was founded and is organized by Barrelhouse, a nonprofit literary organization that publishes a twice yearly literary magazine, as well as a website where literary things happen.

George Mason University, Department of English
The George Mason University English Department is dedicated to creating a learning environment that impresses the idea of writing and reading as a scholarly and creative exercise. It employs instructors who are actively engaged in the writing community, including authors and researchers who are publishing works even as they teach classes. They show students the importance of an English Degree through example.

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Upshur Street Books
Upshur Street Books is a neighborhood bookstore in the Petworth neighborhood of DC with a focus on literary fiction, art books, children's books and local authors.

Real Pants:
Literature and the new literary community.